Janene Marie O’Ryan, 69, slipped peacefully into eternity on January 6th, 2021, at her home in Ocala, Florida. “Nina” was born in Columbus, Ohio on June 18th, 1951.
She attended Whetstone High School, graduating with honors in 1969. She then attended Ohio State University for two years before moving to Charleston, South Carolina where she continued her education at the Medical University of South Carolina. Nina achieved her RN, BSN and specialized in Oncology. She worked at Roper Hospital for over twenty years.
While attending college, Nina tended bar part-time to help finance her higher education. When reflecting back on those days, she once proudly said, “I became a counselor for the depressed, and an advice columnist for other customers who just needed someone to hear their side of things.” Nina credited this time in her life as a clever way to learn about the human-psyche. She honed in on truly “listening” to people and their needs and then took those skills into her nursing career, making her a compassionate caretaker.
Living in South Carolina, Nina, went through Hurricane Hugo and helped in the massive cleanup of its widespread destruction. She loved animals and often had many stray cats and dogs find food and shelter at her home. Some, she even helped find new homes. But that’s not all Nina found. She met a good old Southern boy by the name of George William Causby, and they fast became best friends. After years and years of a wonderful friendship, George finally convinced Nina he was a dashing prime catch and she’d be a fool to throw him back in the water. He asked her to marry him and, at long last, she accepted…yep, he got his girl!
Nina is survived by her brother, Albert Leo O’Ryan III (wife, Charm) of Idaho Falls, Idaho, loving brother?in?law, Martin Causby, nine nieces and nephews, a slew of great nieces and nephews, and many precious cousins, all from both Idaho and Ohio. She was proceeded in death by her mother, Dorothy Patricia Downey (1973); father, Albert Leo O’Ryan Jr. (1991); beloved sister-in-law, Ann Causby (02?2018); her darling husband, George Causby (10-2018); sister, Kathleen O’Ryan (06-2020); sister, Teresa Wichterman (10-2020);
Janene Marie O’Ryan’s life was not always easy. Like most of us, she faced heartaches, trials, temptations, and losses. But she bravely met each adversity with O’Ryan tenacity and an inner strength few people find. She had many victories along the way and was deeply loved by those who knew her best. Her family touted her a peacemaker, a problem solver. Her patients touted her an angel, who lit their darkest hour with efficiency and a smile.
When her own health declined recently and she needed that same compassionate touch she’d given throughout the years, Nina found her own angels … angels in the form of kind neighbors, friends who stepped up to be there for her. (Thank, you, Chris & Karen!)
“Until we meet again, Nina, just know you are already sorely missed.”